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Smoky Cape walking track

Hat Head National Park

Overview

Smoky Cape walking track in Hat Head National Park on the North Coast, leads through rainforest offering wildlife-spotting and scenic views.

Where
Hat Head National Park
Distance
2.2km one-way
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head National Park. 

The track starts at Captain Cook's lookout, where you can take in the spectacular views along the coast. Leading along ridges and down gullies behind North Smoky Beach, you’ll meander through dense rainforest of cabbage tree palms and lush ferns. Keep an eye out for epiphytic orchids and swallow-tailed butterflies. Swamp wallabies and red-necked wallabies are often seen darting through the undergrowth.

Stop for a picnic break along the way and soak up the tranquil setting. If you’re not ready to turn back, the optional Green Island walking track is excellent for birdwatching.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Park info

  • in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Smoky Cape Walking Track, Hat Head National Park. Photo: Stuart Poignard/NSW Government